A nation of jam band lovers shed quite a few tears when Dispatch broke up. The band cited extensive touring and family obligations as their reason for cutting ties. However, Dispatch returned for a reunion tour in 2011 and is clearly one of the most exciting reunited bands since the turn of the century.
Deeply rooted on the college circuit, Dispatch was and is one of the American institutions for jam music. Chad Urmston, Brad Corrigan and Pete Heimbold met at Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT in the early 90s. The boys formed Dispatch from component bands Germit Thrush, Woodriver Bandits and The Sholley Shenanigans. Like, OAR, although hardly comparable in many fans eyes, Dispatch gained a large following on the college tour circuit with Dispatch tickets selling out for most college venues. The first studio album, Silent Steeples, was released in 1996 and contained a mostly acoustic set of tunes - perfect for those acoustic Dispatch concerts.
After the boys of Dispatch graduated, they relocated to Boston to continue touring, with Dispatch tickets selling stronger than ever after the release of their second studio album, Bang Band, and their mainstream single "The General" in 1998. Word of mouth spread far as the band developed a significant on stage presence. Dispatch concerts often consisted of song mash-ups, guest appearances, instrument trading and extended jams. Some folks even purchased Dispatch tickets for the sole purpose of witness their extended improvs.
Dispatch released two more albums, Four Day Trials and Who Are We Living For, before announcing their indefinite hiatus in 2002. Dispatch tickets sold out for an audience of 110,000 for a farewell concert dubbed "The Last Dispatch" which has largely been considered the biggest concert in indie music history. It was originally thought that only 20-30,000 Dispatch tickets would sell for those close-out shows, but fans proved the band wrong with a global audience consisting of travelers from countries ranging from South African to Spain and Australia among others. Urmston went on to lead State Radio while Corrigan and Heimbold went on to focus on their solo careers.
Dispatch has been well-known for their humanitarian efforts through the years and the band hasn't turned a cause down that was close to their hearts. It was the social and health issues in Zimbabwe that brought the band together for three sold out shows at Madison Square Garden which featured the African Children's Choir in 2007. All proceeds from Dispatch tickets went directly to the cause. In addition, the band raised money through several charities and auctions for a show at Webster Hall in 2007. The band would reunite again for a show requested by the Prime Minister of Zimbabwe in 2009, with Dispatch tickets, once again, sellout our for the Kennedy Center shows. After two years of nearly unbearable silence for those Dispatch fans, it appeared as though the band would never come back - fans were wrong.
Dispatch Tour 2011
Those who kept the Dispatch site bookmarked despite the breakup were in for a treat on Nov 15, 2010. The site began counting down to the New Year causing fans to wonder if a Dispatch Reunion Tour was in the works. At midnight on January 1, 2011 the band officially announced a Dispatch Reunion Tour in 2011. As soon as more Dispatch tour dates are released we'll have some great Dispatch tickets for the real fans!